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Outside my box

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Major going through the bead room. Stopped in the middle of the mess( like a kid)- but I think the earring turned out cute. I found an unfinished bracelet- will work on the clasp when the clean up is done. I wish there was a better place than goodwill for soon to be orphan beads🥴


Super duo beads and seed beads.

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  1. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful work Robin. Superduos are so fun to work with. I love your bracelet- reminds me of a vintage Christmas. And the earrings turned out really cute – love the tiles in the design.

  2. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    These are absolutely lovely…and the bracelet is gorgeous!! I don’t think I could do that kind of work with my fingers…but I love the results.

  3. Zippy-Klunk
    Zippy-Klunk says:

    The earrings are darling! I appreciate your ability to work with the tiny ones of the bead world….I too have quite the time with my stash. Plenty of space but always plenty of mess. And way more WIPs than finished work. And I seem to enjoy acquiring supplies more than using them. Sigh….I met two of the nicest ladies. The first was someone at a huge sale. She was so funny, has all the same struggles I do. We both bought a ton! With guilty giggling…I wish you could have met the second lady. I met her at Goodwill. She was beyond thrilled to find extra good treasures that day. Almost in tears as she was sharing her finds with me! Changed my whole perspective on giving away to thrift stores. I have the ability to pretty much buy whatever, whenever and wherever I want. I occasionally thrift for the thrill of the hunt, a bargain. That lady was so happy that she had an extra lucky day!… I am trying to embrace the value in the process, including the the mental process of planning and scheming and even the mess that creates. And I am trying to let go of producing as the only true value. Very challenging! Dang! Should have written all this in my personal journal! All that to say — love the earrings! And you are so not alone in your sometimes complex relationship with your beads!

  4. Zippy-Klunk
    Zippy-Klunk says:

    I took a bunch of beads that I knew I would probably not use and put them in old blue Mason jars and grouped them together on a shelf in my “workroom” (playroom!)…they look quite decorative and give me the illusion of being “organized”. Maybe that would help you?

  5. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Zippy- I too have many jars full. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I would rather give them to someone who would use them. I know for someone who is struggling financially, even goodwill is expensive – oh well – I hope these 2 sacks bring somebody joy at a cheap price. And your right, I too buy way more than I use too- and yes it’s hard to get rid of them, but I need to get this mess under control-it’s driving me crazy.

  6. kye
    kye says:

    Two beauties! I especially like the earrings. Such a neat design and great colors. (I don’t do a lot of beadweaving but when I do I always struggle with the clasp). Both designs are a wonderful way to use superduos.

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Robin, you’re getting to be quite the stitcher. The earrings are really nice, and I like how you used the 2-hole tile and created a loop on the top. What a beautiful bracelet! Did you invent the pattern yourself? If so, you should get it published–it has such great flow & design. But what makes it so pretty are the colors you used. As for orphan beads–I wish we all lived close by and could have an ‘orphan-bead’ party. Would be lots of fun if we didn’t have to stay cooped up inside during this crisis.

  8. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    CC, thanks! the earrings weren’t hard- it was a pattern. A bead party sounds like so much fun!

  9. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Both earrings and bracelet are fabulous! When I got laid off from work a few years ago, I got together with two other non-working women and we went once a week to a wonderful, small bead shop. The owner had an upstairs workroom for classes. One time we were talking about “Why did I ever buy that?” beads we had, so we had a swap party! It was fun. One person’s “trash” is another’s treasure! As for giving away beads, Granny Nancy on LB offers some of her stash for a small price, and what she sends is fabulous.

  10. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    MM, Thanks! I am also doing that!

  11. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    I really love that bracelet Robin! That kind of beadwork is not my thing. But I love the results. It literally took me a couple of years to finish a design using flat knitted wire. I’ll post when I get the clasp on!
    I think many of us have the same addiction. If I lived an additional lifetime, I still couldn’t use all my jewelry stuff!

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    V Trtan says:

    Did you ever make a Tree out of beads with wire you could wear as a pendant with chain????

  13. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    VT-I’ve never done that- do you have a pic of one you’ve done? I’ve tried the tree of life on a gemstone, but that was a long time ago. Would love to see your design!

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